DEXTER, Mich. (Nov. 27) — The Society of Plastics Engineers has awarded Jyco Sealing Technologies Inc.' TPV primary body seal on DaimlerChrysler Corp.´s 2007 Dodge Ram pickup a top award for innovation.
"A lot of people in the industry said it couldn´t be done," said Shawn Jyawook, Jyco´s chief operating officer. "We knew it could, and with the support of the DaimlerChrysler team, it took us less than three years to have the proof in production."
Jyco´s primary seal on the 2007 Dodge Ram pickup was honored as the industry´s first TPV body-mounted primary seal used in a complete dynamic-sealing application. As the functional equivalent of EPDM sponge, Jyco´s proprietary JyFlex TPV made possible the transition to thermoplastic elastomer from thermoset rubber, the company said. The change enhanced performance while reducing costs 20 percent. Jyco also supplied the tooling and processing.
Jyco is providing TPV systems for all primary and auxiliary weather seals on the Dodge Ram pick-up and the glass run channel on Jeep Liberty, the first full vehicle TPV sealing programs in the world.